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Just when I thought I was done with diapers I realized that I started having babies much younger than my peers, and diapers would be part of my life for a very long time to come. No, I won’t have to change many diapers in the future, but my friends will, and I know that I want my friends not to have to deal with blowouts and poo-up-the-back-whilst-out-to-brunch type of scenarios. We all know that pesky Murphy’s Law says that if you’re out to lunch and you don’t have a change of clothes, your baby WILL have a poop-up-the-back-and-in-the-hair-blowout, right? At least that’s the way it always happened for me.
That is, until I found Huggies Snug & Dry diapers. Each baby is shaped differently and at least 50% of babies have different anatomy than the other 50% of their peers – y’all know what I’m talking about here, right? Finding a diaper that works for ALL babies is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Huggies Snug & Dry was the only diaper on the market that I could rely on to contain the mess and absorb all of the fluids for all three of my children, so that is the diaper I always go to when my friends have babies.
Which brings me to my dirty little secret: Baby registries are a joke. New moms have no clue what they really need for when baby is born. Sure, the basics are obvious – bottles, diapers, nipples of the silicone variety – but receiving blankets soon become an avalanche of wadded up flannel in a new mom’s closet, and the latest must-have gadget goes completely unused. I’m not making fun, I was there once too, which is why I know this to be gospel.
One thing all parents need, and really never have enough of, are diapers. And when a friend of mine has a baby shower, I rarely check the baby registry before deciding what to gift the new parents. I prefer to give gifts that are meaningful and that will actually get used, so personalized presents are always at the top of my list. Once I’ve figured out something totes adorbs to give to my friend’s bambino, then I check the registry as a secondary measure, because if nobody else bought mom 1,000 burp rags, I want to be the one to do it.
I also always gift diapers, because – poop happens – often, and the best place to buy diapers for a new mom is at Sam’s Club because you can get a giant box for a great value. If you’re not already a Sam’s Club member, I highly suggest becoming one so you too can take advantage of their members-only values. Sam’s Club even offers a subscription service so you don’t have to juggle baby and the giant box of diapers when you really don’t even want to leave your house, let alone put clean clothes on.
I recently purchased a 180-count box of Size 5 Huggies Snug & Dry diapers for my best friend’s baby girl, who really isn’t a baby anymore, but more of a sassy, curly-headed toddler who got her Aunt Summer’s dance moves. What she needs is a good diaper to contain all that booty while she’s getting down to the latest Nikki song, practicing for the first time Aunt Summer takes her to Cowboys in something like 16 years, and a diaper that will contain everything when she’s having a really crappy day. Plus, they will keep baby dry for up to 12 hours so when I’m visiting I’m almost guaranteed not to have to change a diaper. Unless, of course, poop happens. In which case, I’ll pass her off to her parents anyway. Buying these diapers in bulk ensures my friends are fully stocked up so they can hit the town with me when I’m visiting. This is friendship for realz, y’all. And Sam’s Club members save $10 on a box of diapers, so that ensures I have enough money to take everyone out to breakfast at Denny’s after we’ve line danced our hearts out.
One of my favorite things to gift is a handmade something or other, but I’m not overly crafty, and I absolutely do not know how to sew. I am pretty good with an iron though, and there’s this really awesome printer paper you can buy at your favorite craft store that allows you to use your ink jet printer to create iron-on transfer templates for things like t-shirts and canvas bags. Now, don’t make the same dumb mistake I did thinking you could create some cute printable and iron that on to the shirt. I’m sure that exists, but that’s not what I purchased, so I kind of went a different route.
The monogrammed route.
Things you’ll need for this iron on transfer appliquéd shirt:
- Iron-on adhesive
- Printer ink (check it before you start because – Murphy’s Law)
- Two contrasting pieces of fabric scraps
To create your own personalized iron-on transfer, follow the instructions below!
- Wash and dry the T-shirt & fabrics you will be using for the appliqués, without fabric softeners, then iron out any wrinkles.
- Print the CIRCLE iron-on transfer template and whichever letter you will be fusing to the circle, by following the package instructions for your iron-on adhesive. I highly suggest using a dummy piece of paper to print your transfer before trying to do it on the expensive iron-on paper. This link contains each letter of the alphabet and the circle template so you’ll have no trouble finding the right size. Just make sure you ONLY select the page that corresponds to the correct letter of the alphabet, lest you print the entire alphabet out.
- Place the image sheet on back of material to be transferred. The paper liner (smooth side) should be facing up.
- Preheat your iron to medium heat, no steam. Once iron is heated, place and hold iron on the paper liner for 2 seconds. Repeat, overlapping slightly, until the entire surface is bonded.
- Allow to cool then cut shape out.
- Remove paper backing so that shiny adhesive is showing.
- Place the fabric shape, adhesive side down, on top of the t-shirt. Press and hold iron for 6 seconds on each section, overlapping slightly until entire piece is bonded to the shirt. I used pressing paper to do this, but you absolutely do not have to.
- Optional: For the transfer to last a long, long time, hand or machine sew around the edges. I don’t know how to sew, so I skip this step. She’s a baby, after all, and babies grow. Quickly. Just make sure it’s well transferred. Or do this step. Whatever you prefer.
Add in a couple of headbands for good measure and now you’ve got a super cute personalized shirt to take to your bestie’s baby along with some diapers and hair goodies.
The greatest thing about this iron-on appliqué is that you can use whatever fabrics you’d like to use for the appliqué. You can get SUPER creative here, and this really doesn’t take much skill AT. ALL.